To actively promote training and employment within the local community of Southfields, the Victoria Drive site team have worked closely with Wandsworth Work Match and South Thames College to support recently qualified bricklayers in providing work placements and apprenticeships on construction sites.
Chris Dimond, Logistics Manager, Hannah Cowell, Community Liaison Coordinator and Adrian Lleshi from subcontractor RI Works were invited to the graduation ceremony at South Thames College, to support the newly graduated bricklayers and introduce them to opportunities available on the Victoria Drive site. Throughout the bricklaying course, 15 people received their CSCS cards and received a Level 2 in Bricklaying Foundation.
Three apprentices from South Thames College were taken on with subcontractor RI Works and McLaren.
Prior to the ceremony, the Victoria Drive site donated materials to the students on the bricklaying course and hosted a workshop for all apprentices to show them a live site and see bricklaying ‘‘in action’’. Adrian from RI works dedicated time to ensure the students get a hands on experience, which proved to be a very successful event.
“McLaren Construction’s support was very helpful in the delivery of the course. I would like to thank the site representatives for attending the ceremony. Their presence demonstrated the partnership we have built to support local residents, in particularly providing the unemployed a route to access employment opportunities within Wandsworth. This also shows that there is a route into work once finishing a course.”
Jason Obahiagbon, Business Engagement Officer (Construction), WorkMatch
McLaren recognises the impact construction works can have on the surrounding environments and communities in which we operate in. All our projects endeavour to support local training, development and opportunities to help create sustainable communities and skills.